How Bayside In Home Care Actually Increases Independence in Seniors

in-home senior care NYAsk any senior what he or she most fears about aging, and you’re likely to hear “loss of independence” near the top of the list. Our sense of self-worth, value and autonomy are so crucial to our mental and emotional wellbeing, and it’s difficult to accept that losses of independence, such as the ability to drive safely, may be imminent.

It may sound counterintuitive to accept help in order to promote independence, but in-home care can actually help older adults live independently for much longer. The following are just a few ways that home care services, like those provided by Best Senior Home Care in New York, can help ensure your senior loved one is safe, healthy and independent:

  • Transportation: For older adults who are able to get out of the house, being able to run errands or attend social functions and have the freedom to choose special outings goes a long way towards enhancing a feeling of independence. An in-home caregiver can arrange, provide the transportation or accompany the senior for these outings.
  • Exercise & activities: Staying active is important for health and independence at any age, but especially for those age 65 and above. An in-home caregiver can encourage activities and exercise that are suited to the senior’s capabilities and interests.
  • Creating a safe home environment: A safe home is a vital part of independence for older adults. Best Senior Home Care offers a free in-home safety assessment to determine which home safety adaptations, such as bathroom grab bars, hand rails, adequate lighting, home accessibility and furniture placement, may be helpful to keep the home safer from falls.
  • Medication reminders: Medications must be taken as prescribed in order to obtain the best health results, and thus the most independence possible. Home care agencies can assist with assuring that the correct dosages of prescribed medications are taken, give reminders for times medication is needed, and teach the importance of following the doctor’s instructions.

Our Fresh Meadows Senior Support Services Can Help!

Best Senior Home Care offers these home care services and more, with the goal of fostering independence, safety and overall happiness in the seniors for whom we provide care. We invite you to contact us to learn more about how our New York in-home care can benefit your senior loved one. Call us any time at 718-224-0905 to learn more about our services.

About Kevin Meaney

At 85 my dad lived on his own in Florida for nine months of the year, enjoying the warm weather and playing golf several times a week with friends.
Then one day while taking a walk alone, he suddenly got a little light-headed and fell, resulting in a serious head injury and a four week stay in the hospital and rehab.

Suddenly everything changed.
My dad’s condition after the accident made it clear he could no longer live independently, and after some deliberation my wife and I decided to have him come and live with us in New York.

We were both still working at the time, but I had a home office, and so I became my dad’s primary caregiver/companion during the day. Although my dad was easy going and a low-maintenance guy, he did need some help with washing and dressing, meal preparation, medication reminders, trips to the doctor, and socialization. Always a very outgoing guy, I noticed now that without some encouragement/nudging, he would be content to stay home and watch TV all day.

This experience led me to start Best Senior Home Care.
It helped me really appreciate just how challenging and stressful it can be to care for an aging parent at home. This despite the fact I was lucky enough to have a spouse and grown children at home to help, and many siblings nearby only too happy to assist whenever needed.

Clearly not all families are this fortunate! At Best Senior Home Care, our mission is a simple one – help families in need to find reliable, compassionate caregivers to be there for your loved ones when you can’t be there. Over the last five years we have helped many families in the area with in-home care for an aging parent or other relative. Google Verified Author